Professors Doug Tilstra, Ph.D., and Michael Cafferky, DBA, will travel to Russia on July 5-18 to challenge the doctoral work of students in the Zaoksky Theological Seminary. Tilstra and Cafferky are part of a doctoral dissertation committee made up of a scholar from the General Conference and 11 professors from Russian and European universities, Andrews University, and Southern Adventist University.
During their visit, committee members will ask questions and hear the 23 students defend their work. Dissertation topics include a fundraising plan for ADRA, a publishing organization aimed at reaching non-Christians, and a leadership training program for churches. The students of Zaoksky Theological Seminary are earning their Doctor of Ministry degrees through Andrews University.
Tilstra and Cafferky are two of the many Southern professors serving on doctoral committees.
“It is good for Southern professors to network with others in academia,” says Tilstra.
“Southern is making a contribution because we have people here who have expertise,” says Cafferky. “Why not offer this expertise to the global church?”
This will be Tilstra’s first time to the Russian university. Cafferky, on the other hand, had taught a leadership class there in 2009. Both agree this next visit will benefit the relationship between Southern and Zaoksky Adventist University.
“This visit will strengthen the relationship between the sister schools,” says Tilstra, “and will be a cultural exchange in that way.”
Recently, President Bietz visited Russia to give the graduation address at Zaoksky Adventist University. Read about his experience on his blog.